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O. Winston Link featured the Rural Retreat Depottm in some of his most famous photographs:
Train No. 17, the Birmingham Special Arriving at Rural Retreat --  This photo features Dallas Newman and his daughter Mary ("Sis" Cassell). 

The Pelican at Rural Retreat --  The Pelican was Eastbound and Station Agent J. L. Akers has his back to the camera.

The Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat -- Agent Akers is holding his lantern up, giving the 'high ball', telling the engineer to release the air brakes and proceed.

Link made many other photographs, two of which are well known:
Maud Bows to the Virginia Creeper -- Symbolizing the change from horse-drawn delivery to steam power, this photo was made in nearby Green Cove.  The Green Cove station has been restored and makes for a great visit, or a nice rest stop while riding your bike down the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Hot Shot Eastbound in Leager, WV -- This great photo of a Drive-In Theater brings back memories of the defunct Rancho Drive In Theatre in Rural Retreat.  The Rancho was owned and operated by the son of Agent J. L. Akers.
The images shown above were taken by O. Winston Link in December of 1957, just before steam engines were taken out of service by the Norfolk & Western Railway. For the complete O. Winston Link story please visit the Link Museum in Roanoke, VA 
The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is a proud member of the Link Museum.

All images contained on these pages are protected under copyright law and are used with the permission of the owner, Mr. Conway Link. Usage of these images is strictly limited.
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